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The 9 Most Passive Aggressive and/or Sh*tty Chevy Chase Answers from this Weekend's HuffPo Interview

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 24, 2012 | Comments ()


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On the occasion of the second-season release of "Community" over in the UK, Chevy Chase -- not exactly the guy you want representing your best interests -- sat down for an interview with HuffPo UK. While I'm sure that Chase thought he was being so very generous and open with his answers, most of statements came off as snide, backhanded, passive aggressive, and sh*tty toward the show he works on, the people he's worked with, and even his friend, Dan Aykroyd.

Here are the 9 most passive aggressive and or shitty Chevy Chase answers from that interview.

1. "I have to say that one of the things that bothers me about our show is that it is placed in that study room all the time, with the same light, the same colour -- that's not interesting to see a lot. It's just joke after joke after joke around that table. It's hard to shoot it all the time in the same way, the same thing."

2. [On why he decided to do a TV show] "It was a big mistake! I saw this pilot script, thought that it was funny, and I went into the room where they were casting and said, "I would love to play this guy." Then they mulled it over. Then they hired me and I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want."

3. [On whether he enjoys watching television] "The hours are hideous, and it's still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. "

4. "I would love to do a movie with Albert Brooks; we're so different but I find him so funny, and I can be just as seemingly narcissistic as he comes off, the 'it's all about me' kind of thing."

5. [On what he thinks of "Saturday Night Live" now] "Now? I don't watch it all that much."

6. [On the writing on "Community"] "I don't know much about how I would change the situation comedy world, but it is exactly what it says: it's situation comedy, and the situation can get old, and sometimes the ones that are at the very top, which just have three people in them, The Big Bang Theory or whatever it is - it's three people, that's basically what the premise is, and we can do that day and night. None of that really interests me. "

7. "I turned down Forrest Gump, I turned down American Gigolo, there are many films -- like Ghostbusters -- that I turned down... the first one I did was Foul Play with Goldie Hawn, but I turned down Animal House -- I turned that down. So all those I regret only because they made huge amounts of money and I would be very wealthy."

8. [On the Vacation movies] " I don't think those were particularly great achievements in cinema, but they were what they were, and I had great fun."

9. [On Dan Aykroyd] "Some of his beliefs are just nuts ... Oh, he's majored in UFOs and ghosts and all kinds of stuff. On the other hand, when you get to know Dan, you know why."

To be fair, he did have nice things to say about Donald Glover: "Donald likes to improvise. He's very funny when he does. The issue with a show that's 23, 24 minutes long is that you can't really get up and out of your light and start improvising, but words-wise you can, as long as you don't do it for too long, because then you're screwed later in editing, and putting it together. There are areas you can. Donald is very good, for instance, in taking something and in the same amount of time, making it funnier with his words. "

(Via Vulture)




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  • Strand

    Seems like an ingrate, Community is the best thing Chevy Chase has done in years. He never transitioned well like Bill Murray. Without Community, he'd just be another old eccentric kook like Dan Ackroyd, peddling Ancient Aliens or something.

  • John W

    Follow up questions that should have been asked:

    1. Aren't you most famous for doing weekend update on SNL, didn't you just read fake news over and over again on the same set?

    2. So there's isn't a steady flow of Fletch royalties coming in?

    3. Still beats flipping burgers huh?

    4. Have you approached him about working together, or did you piss him off too?

    5. Is that because they've stopped inviting you to the anniversary shows?

    6. Have you tried writing your own show or are you scared some other washed up comedian will shit all over it?

    7. You turned down all those great movies? Good move Einstein.

    8. You might have had more fun on the set of Animal House and Ghostbusters, huh?

    9. Well Dan may be into UFOs but at least he's not a backstabbing dick, huh?

  • Slash

    He's the worst part of the show, so maybe they should just do him a favor and shitcan him. Like they did Harmon.

  • Bedewcrock

    Ugh. If you watch any of the bloopers from Community, CC seems out of it and acts like a dick to the cast members (usually Donald) or production staff. So basically he does no acting whatsoever and just acts like Pierce. At this point, I like Pierce more.

  • apsutter

    He better not talk about the Vacation movies!!! 3 of those are gems and Christmas Vacation is my jam! It was literally on Vh1(?) last week and I had to watch the shit out of it.

  • Jezzer

    No wonder he and Dan Harmon couldn't get along. They're both egocentric douchenozzles.

  • Milly

    Keeping his daughters in a style to which they are accustomed? Did he have a small tax issue in the 90's? Did he live by a hellmouth?

    Is one of his daughters named Cordelia?

  • BobbFrapples

    I saw him play a really mean character on Law & Order and thought, "That guy is playing from something really ugly and true inside himself." I am not surprised when this kind of stuff comes out of his mouth.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I can see Dan Harmon sneaking onto the Community set and taping photocopies of this interview on every surface he can reach.

  • Arran

    To be fair, he's totally right about Akroyd.

  • Anna von Beav
  • TK

    5. [On what he thinks of “Saturday Night Live” now] “Now? I don’t watch it all that much.”

    I can hardly begrudge him that one.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Really, of all the points listed here, I think this one is actually pretty honest, but diplomatic. He could have easily said something shitty like "I don't watch it all that much because I don't want to punish myself" or "I don't watch it all that much because it's been garbage since I left", but he's actually showing restraint (for once).

  • Eh, seems like at least knows how much of an asshole he is.

    And it really seems like he's begging to be killed off the show. They should just do it.

  • David Sorenson

    I've got it! They could kill him in every episode!

  • Maguita NYC

    Wonder what his opt-out options are, and what are the severance fees negotiated in case he gets fired.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Well, I guess Aykroyd DOES have some pretty wild beliefs, but given that it's tempered with booze-making and blues-music-knowingness he gets a pass.

    Of course there was also "It's not like I'm working with the great innovators of all time, but at the same time, they are my friends..."

    They're sure lucky to have a friend like you Chevy.

  • Cliff Torres

    So the first time he has been funny in YEARS and he thinks it was a big mistake? Sitcom is the lowest form of TV? What about his late night show?

  • Puddin'

    Medium talent.

  • Guest

    I don't think, taken alone, that #8's too bad (sounds almost modest), but all together that's a pile of...

    CC, you sound like a cock speaking Brooks' name.

  • Snath

    Dooooouuuuuuchenozzle.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    "...and I can be just as seemingly narcissistic as he comes off..."

    Seemingly?

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Wow, what an ass.

  • googergieger

    Sorry about that.

    *pulls pants up*

  • Maguita NYC

    Still not tired of reading this line. Wherever you place it.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Sorry, but this is the Chevy Chase post. The post about Sofia Vergara is under the heading, "By the Numbers: ..."

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